Be Careful What You Wish For

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I found out this week that you really do have to be careful what you wish for.

Yesterday I was asked to be filmed while cooking my favourite muesli slice at a media event hosted by GLAD.  Sounds pretty easy right?

Well that’s exactly what I thought when I agreed. What I didn’t realise was I’d have a star-studded audience.

If the truth be told when I was a kid I would pretend to be a TV cook demonstrating some crazy creation even though I could hardly even reach the kitchen bench.

So yesterday should have been a dream come true for me but when the cameras start rolling it’s amazing how difficult it becomes to string a sentence together let alone create a culinary masterpiece while smiling and trying to look like you’re having fun.

I had The Edge’s Dom Harvey, TV3s Carly Flynn and Mrs GLAD herself, Wendy Myer, watching me along with a few head honchos from GLAD and a bunch of kids (including my two).

All I could do at that point was channel my inner wannabe TV cook and go for it.

I’m hoping the editing team can cut out my shaky hands and the bits where I lost my train of thought and bungled my recipe. Yes I bungled my own recipe – yikes! But believe me it’s not as easy as it looks – that’s the TV thing not my recipe.

One of the trickiest parts was when I had to interact with the audience (the kids) and ask them food-related questions. My upbeat questions were met with stony silence and blank faces. It was a little like pulling teeth , getting blood out of a stone – you get my drift? Even my own son didn’t throw me a bone (so to speak).

That’s why I’ll be sticking to my day job and leaving the TV cooking gig to the pros. But hey it was actually a lot of fun.

But in future I’ll know not to work with animals, kids or muesli slice.

Oh and before I sign out I just wanted to give a big shout-out to the wonderfully talented LeeAnn Yare who has joined us this week as a new regular columnist.

LeeAnn is an absolute superwoman. Not only is she an international airline pilot but she also owns her own homewares store, is a published author, styles amazing shoots for some of New Zealand top magazines while juggling being a mum to two young boys. It makes me exhausted just thinking about that workload but LeeAnn takes it all in her stride.

I’m absolutely thrilled to have LeeAnn on the team and if you missed her first column you can check it out here.

See you next week.

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Above: The Edge’s Dom Harvey was King of the kids at the GLAD media launch.